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What You Need to Know: Public Health and Safety

We must think differently, take specific health and safety measures and work together to protect our community.

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Health and Safety Basics

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Daily Wellness Survey

  • The daily wellness survey is not required for employees and students this spring.
  • Select groups (e.g., some Health Sciences programs) may continue to complete it as determined by those programs. Students and employees will receive communications from individual departments/units if they will continue to require completion of the survey.
  • Self-monitor and alert your primary care physician or WVU Medicine Student Health if COVID-19 symptoms surface.

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COVID-19 Testing

WVU will provide free testing throughout the year, focusing on three major areas:

  • Rapid testing for anyone who exhibits any symptoms.
  • Frequent, ongoing testing for groups that may be at higher risk.
  • Ongoing surveillance testing throughout the campus community during the school year.

Visit the Student Testing and Employee Testing pages for details.

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If You Test Positive

  • All positive cases, including results from third-parties outside the WVU testing system, must be reported to the University.
  • The local health department will contact any individual who tests positive for COVID-19, complete an initial case investigation and initiate contact tracing.
  • The University will support these efforts by providing contact information, personnel and other resources as requested.
  • WVU Student Health and Student Life will work with students on procedures for isolation and return to class.
  • Supervisors and Shared Services will work with employees on procedures for isolation and return to work guidance.
  • Units and supervisors should ensure that the privacy and confidentiality of all students and employees is maintained during any efforts to identify potential close contacts.

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Contact Tracing

Contact Tracing and Quarantine

Close Contacts

While COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease, the best evidence indicates that the disease is unlikely to spread through casual contact.

The goal of contact tracing is to identify, through a series of interviews, those individuals who have had significant close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

In these situations, close contact is defined as:

  • Having been within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • A person can be determined a close contact up to 2 days before illness onset and/or test date of an infected person.

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When to Quarantine

  • You must quarantine if you experience COVID-19 symptoms or have had direct contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Until a formal case investigation and contact tracing can be completed, all those who are known or suspected to have been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 should undergo a 14-day quarantine/monitoring period.
    • You will have the opportunity to shorten your quarantine time to 10 days if you have no symptoms during the 10-day period, receive a negative RT-PCR test result on day 6-7 and follow all safety measures — including daily symptom monitoring — through day 14.
  • Contacts of contacts (e.g., secondary contacts), or brief contacts with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, are generally not felt to be at high risk of infection.
    • Therefore, unless the health department identifies that a specific outbreak situation warrants further action, the University will not seek to identify casual contacts or secondary contacts.
    • Units may advise employees and students to monitor their own health for the development of any symptoms, but quarantine procedures are not required for these types of contacts.
  • Individuals who have received both doses of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine are not required to quarantine following exposure to someone with COVID-19 as long as they remain asymptomatic, are beyond two weeks following the receipt of their second vaccine and are within three months following the receipt of their second vaccine.

What to do if You're in Quarantine

  • All WVU community members are required to report if they are quarantining due to suspected or known exposure to COVID-19.
    • Students and employees should notify Shared Services at or 304-293-6006.
    • Be sure to answer or return all follow-up calls from WVU Shared Services (304-293-1003 and 304-293-6006).
  • Students who become aware outside of the University that they have had a positive exposure, are a close contact or are instructed to quarantine by a physician should also notify the CARE Team for all necessary resources.
  • Individuals who meet the criteria for close contacts may be released from quarantine after 10 days if they have no symptoms during the 10-day period, receive a negative RT-PCR test result on day 6-7 and follow all safety measures — including daily symptom monitoring — through day 14.
  • Supervisors and Shared Services will work with employees on procedures for quarantine and return to work guidance.

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Student and Employee Accommodations

Accommodations and Modifications

Flexible Learning and Working Environments

  • Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the drastic alteration of patterns of work, transportation, family support, childcare, travel and other fundamental modes of life, we expect our leaders, managers, supervisors, faculty members and researchers to model flexibility and foster a community of wellness and awareness to the maximum extent possible.
  • Flexibility includes the readiness to immediately adapt to changing circumstances by implementing more restrictions and/or returning quickly to safer at home guidelines.

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COVID-19 Education Module

  • New students starting at WVU this spring were required to complete the COVID-19 education module by Jan. 16.
  • Returning students and employees were not required to retake the module.

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Important information

Enforcement of COVID-19 Protocols

Employees and students are accountable for following these requirements:

Student Policies and Penalties

Employee Policies and Penalties

  • Employees who fail to abide by the safety protocols described in the WVU Return to On-Campus Work Playbook will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including warning, suspension, termination or other disciplinary action as appropriate.
  • Enforcement guidelines for employees will be unveiled closer to the start of the fall semester.

Reporting Violations of COVID-19 Protocols

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